Moretti Blog • July 12, 2015
Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of your house, so it’s important for all of its furnishings and décor, including the window treatments, to blend style with functionality. While there are lots of creative ways to decorate your kitchen windows, there are a few key things to think about before deciding on the best window treatment for you—especially if you’re looking for eco-friendly interior designs for your home.
- Maintenance: Your window treatment must be durable enough to withstand all the heat, moisture and cooking activity in your kitchen. There are also food and grease stains, stovetop spatter and odour absorption to think about, so look for window treatments made of mildew-resistant materials that are easy to wipe clean with a little soapy water.
- Light control and privacy: Window coverings should let in lots of natural light for cooking, while still offering the level of privacy you want. It’s also worth considering treatments that filter bright sunlight so that your kitchen won’t get too hot during the warmer months.
- Window shape and size: Whether you have large, small or uniquely shaped windows, your window treatment should complement their shape and size while still providing the functionality you need. For instance, vertical blinds offer lots of light control and are great for wide, short windows as they add height.
- Energy-saving options: Although you’ll still need to caulk around your windows to prevent air seeping in or out, there are lots of window treatments that can minimise your home’s energy consumption by reducing heat loss in the cold months and heat gain in the warmer months. How window coverings are installed can also contribute to how well your home is insulated; for example, drapes hung down to the floor and as close to the window pane as possible will offer greater insulation than mid-length drapes hung further away from the glass.
- Eco-friendly materials: To keep your window treatments green, look for coverings made from organic or sustainably produced materials such as burlap, cotton, wicker or bamboo. You can also find treatments made of ‘upcycled’ materials such as compressed sawdust and recycled aluminium.
- Your style: As with all interior designs, your window treatments should reflect the overall style of your home. Fortunately, there are endless choices to suit every look, from contemporary to country chic and ultra-glamorous—most of which are available in eco-friendly materials.
As you’ll see from our past projects, at Moretti Interior Design we know how to combine practicality, style and environmental sustainability to create spaces that are both beautiful and green. For more information, contact us today.